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Mud, Sweat & Gears has no membership fees, but some of the guys felt that they would like to ‘pay it forward’ and collect gold-coin donations over post-ride coffee.


In just a few weeks they managed to collect $620!  This was presented to WestCare Senior Manager Ian Townsend by one of Mud, Sweat & Gears’ founding members Gavin Blieschke.


Gavin had this to say:

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Our club began in March 2005 when 4 unfit guys, prompted by our wives to do something about our health, decided that it might be fun to dust off our bicycles and go for a ride in Belair National Park.


None of us had ridden for quite a few years and that first ride of just a few kilometres was a challenge, particularly for me – the slowest rider in the group.


Realising how unhealthy we really were, and motivated by each other, we continued to ride every Saturday morning.


Over time we were joined by others, and so as a group we grew in size until 10 years on we have more than 50 regular and semi-regular riders.


I have witnessed incredible health improvements in myself and other people, but not just physical health. Life can be tough and doing life with others can improve your mental health, emotional health, and even spiritual health.


For me personally, I came for the fitness, but I stayed for the friendship. Anyone who’s tried to get fit will know that it’s hard to do it on your own. You need people around you to encourage you, to motivate you, to look out for you and to keep you accountable.


Life is exactly like that. You need people around you to encourage you, to motivate you, to look out for you and to keep you accountable.

But this is not a new idea.


King Solomon is thought to be the wisest man to have ever lived. About 3 thousand years ago he wrote down his observations of people and the way they lived their lives. He concluded that when you do it alone, much of life is meaningless. He observed that life was much better when living it with others.


He wrote:


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing

alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 New Living Translation (NLT)


I’ve come to realise that Mud, Sweat & Gears is actually about people doing life together. This is something we have in common with WestCare. Many people, for whatever reason, find themselves isolated and alone. Life can be tough on your own. It’s great to see the people at WestCare building friendships and encouraging, motivating and looking out for these individuals.


As a club we are very pleased to support WestCare in its excellent work.